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The Aegimius


fragment 1

Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, Arg. iii. 587

But the author of the Aegimius says that he [Phrixus] was received without intermediary because of the fleece [the Golden Fleece]. He says that after the sacrifice he purified the fleece and so:

"Holding the fleece he walked into the halls of Aietes."

fragment 2

Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, Arg. iv. 816

The author of the Aegimius says in the second book that Thetis used to throw the children she had by Peleus into a cauldron of water, because she wished to learn where they were mortal ... And that after many had perished Peleus was annoyed, and prevented her from throwing Achilles into the cauldron.

fragment 3

Apollodorus, ii. 1.3.1

Hesiod and Akusilaus say that she [Io] was the daughter of Peiren. While she was holding the office of priestess of Hera, Zeus seduced her, and being discovered by Hera, touched the girl and changed her into a white cow, while he swore that he had no intercourse with her. And so Hesiod says that oaths touching the matter of love do not draw down anger from the gods:

"And thereafter he ordained that an oath concerning the secret deeds of the Kyprian [Aphrodite] should be without penalty for men."

fragment 4

Herodian in Stephanus of Byzantium

"[Zeus changed Io] in the fair island Abantis, which the gods, who are eternally, used to call Abantis aforetime, but Zeus then called it Euboia after the cow." [Euboia means the 'Island of fine Cows']

fragment 5

Scholiast on Euripides, Phoen. 1116

"And [Hera] set a watcher upon her [Io], great and strong Argos, who with four eyes looks every way. And the goddess stirred in him unwearying strength; sleep never fell upon his eyes; but he kept sure watch always."

fragment 6

Scholiast on Homer, Il. xxiv. 24

"Slayer of Argos". According to Hesiod's tale he [Hermes] slew [Argos] the herdsman of Io.

fragment 7

Athenaeus, xi. p. 503

And the author of The Aegimius, whether he is Hesiod or Kerkops of Miletus says:

"There, some day, shall be my place of refreshment, O leader of the people."

fragment 8

Etym. Gen.

Hesiod, says there were so called, because they settled in three groups

"And they all were called the Three-Fold People, because they divided in three the land far from their country." For, he says, that three Hellenic tribes settled in Crete, the Pelasgi, Achaeans and Dorians. And these have been called Three-Fold People.

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